Dendri comes from the Greek word dendron meaning "tree."
The name reflects the importance of the family tree in the Foundation as well as the importance of trees to the bourbon industry.
The logo represents interconnected relationships.
DendriFund was inspired by a founding donation from Brown-Forman following the sale of Fetzer Vineyards with the intent of honoring their operational "E3 Philosophy" (Environment, Economics, Social Equity). In partnership with the Brown family, sixth-generation owners of Brown-Forman, the foundation was incorporated as an independent 501c3 in 2012 and the Brown Family has since made significant additional donations to the corpus. Today, they continue to contribute and govern alongside company management and independent board directors, leading DendriFund to what it is today – a unique foundation that explores models for how individuals, business, and communities can work together to align around common goals.
We believe models that inspire joint action between diverse stakeholders are critical to addressing the complex environmental challenges facing humanity today – and cannot be successfully addressed in silos. For Example, the bourbon industry is reliant on the natural resources of wood, water, and grain to make bourbon. Jobs and state revenue are reliant on companies like Brown-Forman celebrating 150 years of community citizenship. The health of our fields, forests, and watersheds in which these natural resources grow and are harvested require management practices that regenerate the soil and forest diversity while keeping our waterways clean. Both businesses and people in communities rely on these natural resources—all need to be involved in finding ways to support and sustain them for our future.
It’s all so connected, so our approach is as well.
|CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS||PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION|
|McCauley Adams, WOOD Co-Chair||Brown-Forman, Manager Brown-Forman Brand; Brown Family|
|Alex Alvarez, Secretary, WOOD Co-Chair||Brown-Forman, SVP, Chief Production and Sustainability Officer|
|Todd Barker, GRAINS Co-Chair||Meridian Institute, Senior Partner and Practice Director|
|Eliza Brown, President||Brown Family|
|A. Cary Brown||Brown Family|
|G. Garvin Brown IV||Brown-Forman, Chairman of the Board; Brown Family|
|Sara Brown||Brown Family|
|Garvin Deters, WOOD Co-Chair||Brown Family|
|Trisha Finnegan||Community Foundation of Louisville, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer|
|Brian Fitzgerald, Finance and Investment Chair, Treasurer||Brown-Forman, SVP, Treasurer, Director Tax Strategy / Brand Analytics|
|Barbara Hurt, Executive Director*||Brown-Forman, Supply Chain Sustainability; Brown Family|
|Henry Izumizaki||Retired Strategy Director, Russell Family Foundation|
|Jim Joy||Brown Family|
|Caitlin Joy, Recording Secretary*||Brown Family|
|Kelly Kowalczyk, GRAINS Co-Chair||Brown-Forman, Sr. Manager Category Sourcing|
|Michael Sadowski, WATER Co-Chair||Independent Sustainability Advisor|